Friday, March 2, 2007
I didn’t post because I spent the day attending BAM meetings in Phoenix. Each spring several BAM staffers travel to Arizona and Florida and meet with all the teams to discuss any issues and plans for 2007. At first I didn’t think you guys would care much, but then I thought, of course people who read my blog would care given you obviously are all internet advanced.
Several news things are planned for 2007 and most of it will be unveiled in the coming month or so. I need to let BAM make its own announcements, but obviously one of the goals is to add more and more video to the site.
It seems someone (hmmm) defaced one of our billboards on Ashland (between Armitage and North). The board, which reads "Let’s Party Like It’s 2005" was painted over with blue paint. I guess we hit a nerve (or maybe the vandals thought it was a statue of a horse). Jealousy can be so, so very ugly.
Needless to say, the vandalized board will be replaced. Remember when "Sox fans" were accused of spraying acid or something on the ivy and it supposedly was going to take years to re-grow?
Arizona’s (and Naperville’s) Scott Hairston and our Sean Tracey celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday today by reading to a group of Tucson grade schoolers.
Sean read "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut" and then took questions from the kids.
He prepared for the event the day before by reading to bullpen mates Boone Logan and Bobby Jenks. Jenks sat enraptured (joking) at Tracey’s feet in the clubhouse as the reliever sped through the best seller.
Tomorrow morning is the annual open tryout for anyone, and we mean anyone, who wants to be a professional baseball player. Sorry I didn’t mention it earlier because now Tom Quaid won’t have time to get down here and tryout at shortstop. I think Klein is local to Tucson, so maybe he wants to attend. Begins promptly at 8 am on the back fields.
Usually, we end up signing a player or two out of this to fill out our minor-league roster. Many of the players trying out have college or even professional experience at some level.
I head home to Chicago tonight (weather permitting) and won’t be back in Tucson until Tuesday afternoon. I will try to post on Monday by providing a list of the top restaurants and places to go (Seuss reference for the literari among you) in Tucson but you won’t get another Tucson report until Wednesday AM. It will be nice to see my kids …